This Diwali, give back to India and help children
living in poverty.
known as the "Festival of Lights," Diwali is a Hindu celebration that takes
place every year between mid-October and mid-November. As one of the most
important events in the Hindu faith, Diwali represents different meanings to
followers of the different denominations of Hinduism. During this year's Diwali
celebration, which takes place Nov. 3, ChildFund will be launching our Give
Back to India campaign, a chance for the U.S. Indian immigrant community to
learn more about our projects and programs in their home country and help
children in need to live a more fulfilling life.
Supporting Children in
In India alone, there are more than 7,000 children waiting
to be sponsored. For these children and their families, even basic essentials
such as nutritious food, clean water and health care are out of reach. This not
only endangers their health but also jeopardizes their chances of emerging from
Approximately one-third of the world's poorest
children live in India, according to data from the World Bank. This is why
beloved Indian actress Sridevi, the "first female superstar of Bollywood," has
partnered with ChildFund to raise
awareness of the plight of Indian children and encourage Indian Americans
to help children and their families living in poverty in their home
Investing in the Future
Although sponsoring a child is
one of the best ways you can help a boy or girl emerge from poverty, it is by
no means the only way you can help Indian children.
ChildFund's special projects in India focus on empowering marginalized women
and girls, such as providing educational opportunities to girls living in
underserved communities like Udaan. Our scholarship project aims to enable
young women to continue their education beyond high school by subsidizing
their school costs, giving them the chance to pursue careers and live
productive, fulfilling lives.
Providing Vital Health Care
Education is not the only thing that many Indian children often go without.
The need for basic health care is urgent in some communities, and many families
simply cannot afford to send their children to a doctor for routine checkups
and other preventive care. For children living with disabilities, these
checkups can be even more important, as without regular visits to a physician,
the physical and cognitive difficulties experienced by these children can
progressively worsen. That's why our Gifts of Love &
Hope catalog allows you to make a $31 donation to provide health care
checkups to Indian children living with disabilities.
According to UNICEF, there are more than 25 million orphaned
children living in India. Many of these children have lost their parents from
AIDS and other preventable diseases, and although orphanages do the best they
can to feed these children, there are often times when there simply is not
enough food to go around.
A gift of just $120 can provide food for 30
Indian orphans for an entire week. Not only will this prevent children from
going hungry, it will also provide them with the vital nourishment and
nutrients they need to grow up healthy. Without the continued support and
generosity of our donors, we couldn't help as many children.
Diwali, please consider giving back to India. With so many ways to help, you
can make a difference in the lives of children in need across India and give
them the hope of a brighter future.